Freedom of Memory Today
Adam J. Kolber
Brooklyn Law School
Neuroethics, Vol. 1, p. 145, 2008
San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 09-010
Emerging technologies raise the possibility that we may be able to treat trauma victims by pharmaceutically dampening factual or emotional aspects of their memories. Such technologies raise a panoply of legal and ethical issues. While many of these issues remain off in the distance, some have already arisen.
In this brief commentary for the journal Neuroethics, I discuss a real-life case of memory erasure. The case reveals why the contours of our freedom of memory -- our limited bundle of rights to control our memories and be free of outside control -- already merit some attention.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 4
Keywords: Memory, Neuroethics, Neurolaw, Memory Dampening, Freedom of Memory, Therapeutic Forgetting
Date posted: April 8, 2009